Athletics Ireland has selected 19 athletes to travel to represent Ireland at the World Indoor Championships taking place on March 18th to 20th in Belgrade, Serbia.

Molly Scott (St. Laurence O’Toole’s AC) is set take the World Indoor Championships by storm after her incredible record breaking 60m performance at the Irish Life Health National Senior Indoor Championships in February, retaking the Irish Record with a time of 7.19.

Phil Healy (Bandon AC) has been a strong feature of the Irish indoor season, after winning the Irish life Health National Senior Indoor Championships Healy went on to set a new 400m PB, 51.66, at the World Indoor Tour in Madrid last week (2nd March).

Mark English (Finn Valley AC) takes to the 800m and the Men’s 4x400m. The 2022 season has seen a series of consistent and strong performances from the Finn Valley Star with a sixth-place finish at the World Athletics Indoor Tour in Poland before coming to the Irish Life Health National Senior Indoor Championships to take top spot.

15 July 2021; Israel Olatunde of Ireland competes in the semi final of the men’s 100 metres during day one of the European Athletics U20 Championships at the Kadriorg Stadium in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo by Marko Mumm/Sportsfile

Young athletes pushing Irish records

Israel Olatunde (UCD AC) features in the 60m after his incredible performance at the Irish Life Health National Senior Indoor Championships, securing both his standard to qualify for these championships, the 19-year-old also secured a new PB of 6.62 just 0.01 away from the National Senior record.

Sarah Healy (UCD AC) is set for the 1500m and will be pushing for the final or better at the World Indoor Championships. The 21-year-old has had a superb indoor season breaking her own U23 Record Number in February setting the time at 4:06.95, the second fastest ever by an Irish woman, after Ciara Mageean.

12 December 2021; Siofra Cleirigh Buttner of Ireland competing in the Mixed 4x1500m Relay during the SPAR European Cross Country Championships Fingal-Dublin 2021 at the Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

High Performance Director Paul McNamara commented on the selection

“Ireland had one athlete compete at the 2016 World Indoor Championships and five athletes compete at the 2018 edition, we have now selected a team of eleven individual athletes, plus the selection of two relay teams both of which will be pushing towards a final and new national record.

These figures underpin a significant increase in the strength and depth of indoor athletics in Ireland, which continues to bode well for the future, and this squad is confident of making an impact in on the global stage in Belgrade.”

The athletes and coaches

Athlete Coach Club Event
Israel Olatunde Daniel Kilgallon UCD AC Men’s 60m
Mark English Feidhlim Kelly Finn Valley AC Men’s 800m & Men’s 4x400m Relay
Andrew Coscoran Feidhlim Kelly Star of the Sea AC Men’s 1500m
Luke McCann Clark McCann UCD AC Men’s 1500m
Darragh McElhinney Emmett Dunleavy UCD AC Men’s 3000m
Sarah Lavin Noelle Morrissey Emerald AC Women’s 60m Hurdles
Molly Scott Deirdre Scott St Laurence O’Toole’s AC Women’s 60m
Phil Healy Shane McCormack Bandon AC Women’s 400m & Women’s 4x400m Relay
Sophie Becker Jeremy Lyons & Gerard O’Donnell Raheny Shamrocks AC Women’s 400m & Women’s 4x400m Relay
Síofra Cleirigh Buttner Mark Coogan Dundrum South Dublin AC Women’s 800m
Sarah Healy Eoghan Marnell UCD AC Women’s 1500m
Cillin Greeneawdsley Jeremy Lyons & Gerard O’Donnell Galway City Harriers AC Men’s 4x400m Relay
Robert McDonnell Brendan Glynn Galway City Harriers AC Men’s 4x400m Relay
Cathal Crosbie Drew & Hayley Harrison Ennis Track AC Men’s 4x400m Relay
Chris O’Donnell Benke Blomqvist North Sligo AC Men’s 4x400m Relay
Brian Gregan John Shields Clonliffe Harriers AC Men’s 4x400m Relay
Marcus Lawler** Shane McCormack Clonliffe Harriers AC Men’s 4x400m Relay
Sharlene Mawdsley Gary Ryan Newport AC Women’s 4x400m Relay
Roisin Harrison Eoghan McNamara Emerald AC Women’s 4x400m Relay
Catherine McManus Brian McManus Dublin City Harriers AC Women’s 4x400m Relay
Rachel McCann** Michael Roberts North Down AC Women’s 4x400m Relay

** = Denotes an athlete who is a non-travelling reserve